Clinical Science of Nutrition
Original Article

Malnutrition and associated risk factors in nursing home residents in Turkey

1.

Department of Geriatric Medicine, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

2.

Department of Geriatric Medicine, Çankaya Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

3.

Department of Oncology, Ege University School of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey

4.

Department of Geriatric Medicine, İstanbul University İstanbul School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

5.

Deparment of Geriatric Medicine, Gaziantep University School of Medicine, Gaziantep, Turkey

6.

Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Pamukkale University School of Medicine, Denizli, Turkey

7.

Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Ege University School of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey

8.

Department of General Surgery, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

9.

Department of General Surgery, Uludağ University School of Medicine, Bursa, Turkey

Clin Sci Nutr 2019; 1: 129-133
DOI: 10.5152/ClinSciNutr.2019.957
Read: 666 Downloads: 276 Published: 07 January 2020

Objective: Malnutrition is a common problem in nursing home residents. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of malnutrition and to determine the factors independently associated with malnutrition in this setting.

Methods: A cross-sectional, multi-center study was conducted in 21 nursing homes in Turkey. Nutritional status was assessed using the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA). Data on possible associated factors were collected using validated scales.

Results: The study included 1224 residents; 45.7% of the residents were at risk for malnutrition and 23.4% were malnourished. Cognitive impairment, dependence in activities of daily living, and dysphagia were significantly associated with malnutrition.

Conclusion: Malnutrition is a prevalent problem in nursing homes in Turkey. Systematic screening and well-defined tailored interventions should be further developed and evaluated in nursing home residents.

Cite this article as: Balcı C, Ülger Z, Halil MG, Hopancı Bıçaklı D, Bahat Öztürk G, Öztürk ZA, et al. Malnutrition and associated risk factors in nursing home residents in Turkey. Clin Sci Nutr 2019; 1(3): 129-33.

Files
EISSN 2667-6230